Thomas Brett Johns[1] (born 21 February 1992) is a Welsh professional mixed martial artist who currently competes in the bantamweight division of Bellator MMA. Prior to signing with Bellator, Johns competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional competitor since 2012, he has also formerly competed for Cage Warriors and Titan FC, and was Bantamweight Champion for both promotions.[4] As of September 27, 2022, he is ranked #10 in the Bellator Bantamweight Rankings.[6]

Brett Johns
BornThomas Brett Johns[1]
(1992-02-21) 21 February 1992 (age 30)
Swansea, Wales
Other namesThe Pikey
NationalityWelsh
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight135.5 lb (61.5 kg; 9.68 st)
DivisionLightweight
Featherweight
Bantamweight
Reach71 in (180 cm)
Fighting out ofSwansea, Wales
TeamChris Rees Academy (2008–2020)[2]
Shore MMA (2020–present)[3]
RankBlack belt in Judo[4]
Brown belt in Muay Thai[4]
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Chris Rees[5]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total22
Wins19
By knockout3
By submission6
By decision10
Losses3
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Johns was born and raised by a single mother in Pontarddulais.[7] He has an older sister and a younger brother.[7] Brett started training judo in a club run by his to-be-stepfather at the age of four.[8] While avidly training judo, he started training Brazilian jiu-jitsu on his stepfather's advice to improve his ground game at the age of 16.[8] While training jiu-jitsu under Chris Rees, Johns eventually grew an interest towards mixed arts.[8]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Johns made his mixed martial arts debut as an amateur in 2011 where he compiled an undefeated record of 4–0.[9] He turned professional in 2012 and competed on the regional circuit with stints in Cage Warriors Fighting Championship and Titan Fighting Championships where he was the Bantamweight Champion for each promotion.[citation needed]

Johns signed with the UFC in 2016.[10]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Johns made his promotional debut on 19 November 2016 against Kwan Ho Kwak at UFC Fight Night 99.[11] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[12]

Johns was expected to face Ian Entwistle on 18 March 2017 at UFC Fight Night 107.[13] Entwistle missed weight at the weigh-ins – coming in at 139lbs, 3lbs over the bantamweight limit of 136lbs. He forfeited 20% of his fight purse to his opponent. The following day, Entwistle's medical clearance was revoked following a trip the hospital and the bout was cancelled.[14]

Johns was expected to face Mitch Gagnon on 16 July 2017 at UFC Fight Night 113.[15] However, Gagnon was removed from the card on 27 June and replaced by Albert Morales.[16] Johns won the bout by unanimous decision.[17]

Johns faced Joe Soto on 1 December 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale.[18] Johns won the bout by submission due to a calf slicer (the 2nd Calf Slicer in UFC history).[19] This win earned him Performance of the Night bonus.[20]

Johns faced Aljamain Sterling on 21 April 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128.[21] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[22]

Johns faced Pedro Munhoz on 4 August 2018 at UFC 227.[23] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[24]

Johns faced Tony Gravely on 25 January 2020 at UFC Fight Night 166.[25] He won the fight via a rear-naked choke in round three.[26] This win earned him the Fight of the Night award.[27]

Johns faced Montel Jackson on 19 July 2020 at UFC Fight Night 172.[28] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[29]

Bellator MMAEdit

On 2 October 2020, Johns revealed he had signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA after testing free agency when his UFC contract expired.[30] Johns was expected to make his Bellator debut on May 21, 2021 at Bellator 259 against Matheus Mattos.[31][32] However, Mattos pulled out from the bout after contracting COVID-19 and was replaced by Former Titan FC Bantamweight Champion Danny Sabatello.[33] Johns lost the bout via unanimous decision.[34]

Johns was scheduled to face Érik Pérez on October 16, 2021 at Bellator 268.[35] However on October 5, it was announced that Perez was injured and the bout was scrapped.[36]

Johns faced Khurshed Kakhorov on February 25, 2022 at Bellator 275.[37] He won the bout via ground and pound TKO in the third round.[38]

Johns was scheduled to face James Gallagher on September 23, 2022 at Bellator 285.[39] However in August, it was announced that Gallagher pulled out of the bout due to unknown reasons.[40] Jordan Winski was picked as a replacement for Gallagher.[41] Johns won the bout via unanimous decision.[42]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
22 matches 19 wins 3 losses
By knockout 3 0
By submission 6 0
By decision 10 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 19–3 Jordan Winski Decision (unanimous) Bellator 285 September 23, 2022 3 5:00 Dublin, Ireland
Win 18–3 Khurshed Kakhorov TKO (punches) Bellator 275 25 February 2022 3 3:00 Dublin, Ireland
Loss 17–3 Danny Sabatello Decision (unanimous) Bellator 259 21 May 2021 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 17–2 Montel Jackson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 19 July 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 16–2 Tony Gravely Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. dos Santos 25 January 2020 3 2:53 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 15–2 Pedro Munhoz Decision (unanimous) UFC 227 4 August 2018 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 15–1 Aljamain Sterling Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee 21 April 2018 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 15–0 Joe Soto Submission (calf slicer) The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion Finale 1 December 2017 1 0:30 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 14–0 Albert Morales Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio 16 July 2017 3 5:00 Glasgow, Scotland
Win 13–0 Kwan Ho Kwak Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2 19 November 2016 3 5:00 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 12–0 Anthony Gutierrez Decision (split) Titan FC 34 18 July 2015 5 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Johns missed weight (136.8 lb) and was stripped of the Titan FC Bantamweight Championship. Only Gutierrez was eligible to win the title.
Win 11–0 Walel Watson Submission (rear-naked choke) Titan FC 33 20 March 2015 2 3:06 Mobile, Alabama, United States Won the Titan FC Bantamweight Championship.
Win 10–0 James Brum Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors FC 67 12 April 2014 5 5:00 Swansea, Wales Johns missed weight (137 lb) and was stripped of the CWFC Bantamweight Championship. Only Brum was eligible to win the title.
Win 9–0 Jordan Desborough Decision (split) Cage Warriors FC 59 14 September 2013 5 5:00 Cardiff, Wales Won the vacant CWFC Bantamweight Championship.
Win 8–0 David Haggstrom Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors FC 59 14 September 2013 3 5:00 Cardiff, Wales CWFC Bantamweight Tournament Semi-final.
Win 7–0 James MacCallister TKO (punches) Cage Warriors FC 54 4 May 2013 2 3:23 Cardiff, Wales Bantamweight debut.
Win 6–0 Joe Orrey Submission (armbar) Pain Pit Fight Night 6 3 February 2013 1 3:59 Newport, Wales Won the PPFN Bantamweight (145 lb) Championship.
Win 5–0 Barrie Monty TKO (punches) Bad Blood Fight Night 2 24 November 2012 1 1:17 Llanelli, Wales
Win 4–0 Sam Gilbert Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors FC 49 27 October 2012 3 5:00 Cardiff, Wales
Win 3–0 Kyle Prosser Decision (unanimous) Pain Pit Fight Night 4 1 September 2012 3 5:00 Newport, Wales Featherweight debut.
Win 2–0 Arunis Klimavicius Submission (triangle choke) Celtic Battle Fight Night 14 July 2012 1 2:31 Carmarthen, Wales
Win 1–0 Ben Wood Submission (rear-naked choke) Pain Pit Fight Night 3 30 June 2012 1 2:04 Newport, Wales

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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